Thanks for sharing your life in this post. I have looked through some of the other names under which you've written, but I honestly can't say I've read them. I will now.
I will read some of your stories to see whether they live up to the rave reviews you have just given them. I think they might, because your narrative-form CV is well written and appears to be the work of someone who takes her craft seriously. You do need to get a day job, though, if only to keep you in food and under shelter while you continue your prolific writing. Seriously.
a "5" because you asked and because I found no grammatical errors in your effort. (I do need a reason for a vote of 5.) You never did explain why you have used so many pseudonyms. You never do address the main question so many writers write. When I was young (I am in my late 70's now) there existed thousands (literally) of outlets for writers....outlets a writer could hope would accept a submission and for which a check would ensue. I will NEVER read or recommend a book by your favorite mystery novel author Parker----I have to imagine he took the job of teaching (which he apparently doesn't work at) just to guarantee himself a check (a University check is a surer means of recompense than is a book written on spec. Someone serious about teaching the art of writing could have done the job....obviously many writers need that monthly check much more than Parker does.
I was going to tell you that your essay wasn't focused enough, but then I read my own comment and decided I had better not.
Why do I write under so many different names? Actually, why must I write under so many diffrerent names?
I'm a woman writing dirty stories, I mean, erotic literature on a porn site, I mean a creative story site. I have stalkers and bashers, who followed my every story. One stalker found my Facebook page and posted personal information about me. I had to close my Facebook page.
Secondly, some writers on this site don't like and/or are jealous of a writer, who is so prolific.
Why don't I publish? It's difficult to publish fiction other than E-books and presently E-books are not controlled. I've already published two E-books in 2007. The publisher could not accurately account for the royalties he paid me. I suspected that he was earning much more money that I was. Now that there's a new breed of E-book publisher and now that erotic literature is more embraced by the masses, I may try E-book publishing again.
Thank you for taking the time to read, vote, and/or make a comment on my essay.
It was interesting to meet and learn about your life as a person and writer. Keep writing as I have read many of your stories under your different pen names and enjoyed them all. Best wishes
It would be great if (1) there were more comments, and (2) those comments were constructive.
I (usually) try. It is just that so much of what is posted here violates almost every rule of short story writing, By "rule" I don't mean some formula that CANNOT be ignored, but just guidelines which the author needs a reason to ignore (laziness is not a reason)
I think this essay was absolutely first rate. I've downloaded it on to my desktop. I will now go off and try to find some of your stories; I remember (vaguely) BostonFictionWriter but none of the others. In any case, thank you for a splendid essay
It's nice to meet the 'real' you, or is it? whatever the case you are correct that you are one of if not the best and most prolific writers on this site, and yes you have scored highly in contests in under all your usernames, and righgtly so, I can only admire your persistence and the time you dedicate to your craft.
As for the point about voting? and the comments on stories? You might be aware but this site is split into several groups of readers and writers if you are in one group it is unlikely you will be in any other groups. So groups of readers vote a story down or rate it highly depending on what group they are in, your stories I am sure will go across the board and appeal or not to almost every group on this site.
Personally I have always enjoyed your stories, you don't take your stories too seriously( at least I don't think so) and you frequently poke gentle fun at yourself, and many other writers and readers, which by itself can be fun.
I can never quite do that, but then most readers think I don't have a sense of humour:) (Sigh)
Anyway thank you for introducing yourself to us and please continue writing for as long as you can type. :)
Great comments about your writing process and it sounds as if, bar the last year or so, you have led an interesting life. I agree that writers should write so that the reader want to continue reading to find out about the characters and hence complete the story. You have done this repeatedly. I take your comments concerning feedback to heart and promise to increase my frequency.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about writing. As a reader, not a writer, I was surprised as to the number of nom de plume you have written under. Most impressive.
Let me say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your stories that I have read. I now need to go back and read more of them. You are indeed a prolific writer who gives us a quality story worth our time to read and enjoy. Please keep doing so if it continues to bring your pleasure as well.
As far as comments and feedback are concerned, let’s just say that the overwhelming majority of them are less than worthless. Most are truly insulting diatribes of garbage spewing forth like a freshly opening bottle of champagne. I’ve been told that each author has the right to remove offensive comments, but that hardly seems to happen on this site. This is too bad because these poisonous comments really detracts from the quality of the LIT experience.
I always try to vote unless I don’t finish the story. But I only leave comments if something really moves me, be it something positive or negative about the story. I’m not qualified to critique grammar or punctuation, but I will comment on characters, plots and sidebars.
If the authors on this site would just ban the ANNON comments and delete the remaining personal attack comments, the reading experience here would be a whole lot more enjoyable.
Thank you, again and please keep writing.
and of course the introduction to you and your work. I have resisted the urge to share my stories but with recent events in my life I am losing that option. I have read many of your works and I see I need to read more. Thank you again
I also can't stand boasters.
I've been a fan of the writers; BostonFictionWriter, WmForrester and SuperHero Ralph and of course now Susan Jill Parker.
I'm totally amazed that you wrote under the name of BosonFicionWriter, in which firstly I thought was a man, but also how prolific of a writer BFW was, and how it just seemed to be written by a male.
Some of my favorite stories are from Bostonfictionwriter, which I have left many comments.
In my thinking, I leave a comment if I like the story, and can give the author a pat on the back, telling the author of how I like their work, but I think if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
I will say that I have left a few negative comments out of the over 5000 comments I have left, but they were constructive in nature and never negative towards the author, because if it wasn't for the authors, we readers wouldn't have anything to read.
As for SuperHero Ralph which is your dog if I remember correctly, and Wm Forrester, I have read quite a few stories from those screen names and enjoyed the work, and left comments, and personal e-mails, all of which were in praise of the work.
I wasn't aware of the Susquehanna River flood, and am sorry about all of the trouble in that area, and all of the grief that you have gone through. Most of us live in such a tight little world we aren't aware of the trouble around us.
I do believe that we should take care of the people in our own country before we give billions of dollars to people in other countries who would slit our throats in a heart beat.
Anytime I see the screen name Susan Jill Parker which is what I saw on this bit of work, I have to stop and read the written word, because you have a way of putting in written words of how you feel better than most.
Take care Susan Jill Parker, and I hope that you will make a fortune doing what you love to do and writing in the genre that pleases you.
Always a fan;
Wishing you well and happier times.
I do not read all of your stories but have read several under your other names.
Thank you for the entertainment you provide.
Mike from Texas.
As a 'writer' I have stepped away from writing because my stories didn't get the votes or comments I sought. I did enjoy watching a few of my stories stay #1 for an extended time. But I too am guilty of not voting for stories as I read them - I figure if I didn't find them worthy enough of a 4 or 5 then as the old adage goes - "if you've not got anything nice to say - then don't say anything at all" - so with that in mind, I wouldn't leave a comment or a vote if I found fault with them or didn't like them.
There is so many things I would love to comment on from this - I am going to have to wait and do it by email if you so choose to continue a dialog. But I did chuckle when you gave your 'stats' and birthday (My Dad and my daughter are both July 26th also), as lots of "fans" want to own a piece of you when they click with the story.
I might add one book/movie that went hand in hand with one another - "The Killer Angels" and 4 hour movie "Gettysburg" -- check it out !
Thank You Susan,
You are in my favourites for just the reason you outlined above. Just for the record, all favourites get a 5, sometimes a 4 and I vote 99.99% of the time. If it is crap after 5mins read than I hit BS and will not vote. I enjoy reading, well written intersting balanced writings, regardles of mistakes in spelling, grammer etc. I feel if a person has the backbone to submit anything, than I respect each persons choice.To read someones story and rubbish the crap out of it, is a gutless act, worse still to be anon. If I do'nt like something, than I will not read it and just move on.So keep up the great work, as there are some out here who enjoy and respect your and others creation. Your a gem and a shinning light. Thank You. D
I'm one of those that corresponded with you from back in the BFW and VW days. When you finally confessed to me that you were a woman, I thought you were pulling my leg, not truly believing it for the longest time.. Oh, but could I write from a woman's perspective as well as you write from a man's. You have a distinctive style, even if you hadn't told me each time your new pen name, I think I would have known it was you after reading the stories.
Susan: (If that is really you!) Some comments on your writing. First, I haven't read everything but I remember BFW the most. I quit reading BFW stories because there was a sameness to them after a while; naturally, I suppose. You needed an editor, I think. There was a looseness in the narrative, not sloppy but loose, almost flippant at times. An editor could tighten that up. Story lines were usually good. The life story you have related is compelling and I wish you every success. Red.
Nice bio Susan, I voted on your story I read. and we corresponded a bit specially when you were in Harrisberg and need some help.
Hope you remember me.
Thanks for introducing yourself to your readers. I think it's always fascinating to meet the person behind the words--especially such well-crafted words. I haven't read many of your stories, but I've definitely enjoyed the ones I have. And I do plan to read more. As an author myself, I'd like to second your sentiments about votes and comments. I've never understood why so many readers won't take the extra five seconds to at least vote. Feedback is so vital to writers. Just so you know that I practice what you preach, I'm currently #29 on the list of people who have left the most comments. I figure it's the least I can do to "pay" for the many hours of pleasure I've received from this site.
I hope that you're doing better, now that it's May 2012. I was once homeless, for a loooong 3 weeks, so I have some idea of what you went through.
I've read some of your stuff, as SHR and BFW, and even voted on a few. I wasn't able to finish "Collecting" - just a little too close to home. Now that I've actually registered here on Lit, I'll even leave a comment once in a while. The comments I leave may get a little pointed, but I promise, they'll never be mean.
It sounds like you have R.A. Heinlein's disease - unless you get some words down, you feel vaguely uneasy, somehow not quite well. See "Grumbles From The Grave" for details.
Keep writing, and writing well. I'll be reading.... OG
Now perhaps when you reflect you may comprehend those technical or business writing courses might have helped you free lance during this horrid recession/ depression ! That would have helped finance your undoubted creative writing genius , helped you to look after Mother & perhaps help your brothers also ...... Because every talented lady writer is not going to have a JKRowling fairy tale ending to her saga ?!!
Thank you for giving me a clue of where to read more of your wonderful stories.
I enjoyed your bio - anyone who likes Robert Parker Spencer novels is good with me. Sorry to hear he wasn't much of a teacher.
Surprisingly, I found a typo in your bio:
"Northeastern only required it's English majors" / sb its.
Nemesis has handed you some rough patches to get through, to be sure, but you've certainly had an interesting life thus far. The raw materials for many a good story are in there and I look forward to reading them.
BTW, I have always liked BostonFictionWriter's work, and somehow sensed that "he" is a "she."
Wow, and I thought I wrote a lot. I started with your nude day entry, sorry, only a three from me, it felt repetitive and a little jumpy, and the sex was not hot (for me, anyway) Then I checked your profile and found this bio. Clearly, you've had an interesting life. I will have to go find some of your earlier work and take a look for myself.
Like taking the podium before a crowd your willingness to stand and deliver your work here is a commendable thing. The write up concerning your back ground seems, ... well it came across as bragging and then after reading more entries I have to wonder if you would have been better served to say nothing,
Thanks for letting us see what motivates and moves you. Your talent has been hidden too long. It must be liberating to have it -- and you -- out for the world to see.
having long been a fan of your writing, it was interesting to happen upon this piece revealing yourself to the world. Your writing has ranked up there with only the very best contributors here on the Literotica Site. I never realized that you educated yourself to such an extent. It is no wonder that your writing skill is of such a high level - much more than most of your contemporaries. Please continue with your writing - but please consider contributing stories - not just for contests - but for all of your fan's enjoyment. And a special thank you for this revealing expose' of the real Susan Jill Parker.
As for comments, there's an old adage, be careful what you ask for, you might get it. I must shamefully admit to (rarely) trashing out an authors work. I would suppose that the writings of an author reflect what is in his/her head. If I find the writing to be distasteful, would I not assume the writer is also distasteful? That is, can I judge the writer by his work? Or am I being unfair? Let me ask also, what emotions, if any, do you seek from your readers? Admiration, Respect, Love? Will you settle for anger, disgust, disdain? How will my comments make you a better writer? I'm sure you are already a better writer than I am. If I comment with "great story, you are a great writer!" what does that do for you? Or me, for that matter. I am of the opinion that writers write for different reasons, as readers read for different reasons. I read looking for something I could have written. If I wrote something it would be something I would like to read. Since I can't speak for the rest of your readers, I will speak only for myself. When I read a story, I put myself in the characters place. I ask myself "if I were in this situation, how would I react? What would I say?" Would I have empathy for this person? Or think they were a total a-hole. What would I do different? So how I react to a story depends on how comfortable I am in their place. Make me uncomfortable and you will see few stars and perhaps some unkind comments. All this being said, I do appreciate the great effort you put into your work, and I greatly admire your passion. I hope I have given you food for thought, feel free to get back to me with any questions or comments, and I hope this made more sense to you than it did to me. Then again it's a little after 4AM here and I really need some sleep. Wish you all the best and thank you for what you do.
While not understanding why you have chosen to write under so many author names, it makes me want to go and read under those other names.
I wish you good fortune in acquiring new employment.
Now knowing something about your own "wild side", it gives us an appreciation of your familiarity with the subject matter. Certainly, the quality of your writing is obvious.
Only one question - what was your ex thinking to let such a sexy lady slip from his life? Were I single, I'd get in line to compete with your other loyal readers for your charm and affection.
I've just taken the time to read your short biography, and find myself wishing that more Literotica authors would do the same.
I've still to read any of your stories under 'SusanJillParker', but have already marked you as a 'Favourite'. I will also now go and look for your other previous stories.
Thank you for letting us into your life like that. Keep up your writing.
My wife loves threesome stories mff. Do you have any. She will only read great stories with great writing. Caring hubby.
I was pleased to see you trying to make everyone understand why you write your stories. I am impressed with the education that you have and that you choose to write erotica. Do you write any other types of stories. Please continue to lead us through your erotic thoughts with your thought provoking stories.
I have been to Northeastern several times, as some of my family graduated from there. Great to know that you developed your talent at the University. I find your stories easy to read as there is some intelligence and writing skill behind your stories. Many authors are bashed because they are not writers but only put down words on paper. Keep up the good work.
....for putting some context to your submissions. Slowly, I'm working my way through your material, and sensed it had the ring of reality. You're a gifted woman and writer, and appreciate you sharing a little about your life and motivation behind your stories. Pretty brave, and much appreciated.
Thank you for your writing and your imagination.
I am, I truly am, knowing the writer behind the stories I've been reading and got me interested this week, knowing you Susan a bit more. I'm glad and I'm still reading and will look at your past work with your other names. Seeing how hard it was (and still is) for you, not only to write, but also to live. It's a struggle we all try to endure and your experiences and what I know from you, and from many other people I've encountered show me how hard it has been for you to remain sane in this splendid world all of us humans are making dirty, sadly. But you're still in game, still strong, and I admire you for that very much. Don't give up Susan, people out there who know you even if it's just here will cheer you on. I'm sorry if my English isn't that good knowing you're a writer and a wonderful one at that. Count on my vote and know I have enjoyed every story I have read from you, and lastly I hope you read this comment girl :) always wish you the best and good luck.
ummm wow!!! I loved your life story. It was a nice treat to get to know you. Have faith things will get better, and we will keep you in our thoughts.
I must say though, once you got to the "leave comments and vote" section, it really seems to ramble on and on, almost nonesensically (spelling?
I just can't figure out why someone as talented as you would be homeless. And how did you maintain your writing while being homeless?
Points well taken on voting and comments but wordy.
Thanks for your well-thought out essay. I've been reading stories here for years and have rarely commented or voted. I will make an effort to change that!
Thanks for writing this essay. It has moved me to act in a positive way.
I agree with many of the points that you've made. I applaud the way in which you have been able to turn your pain into the fuel for the emotional content of your writing. I am a novice myself having written only short stories for my own amusement and for my friends until joining this year's Survivor Contest. I have said, in many places, that the going has been rough. Some of the comments that I have received have been unkind in the extreme and have left me feeling scarred by my efforts to be courageous. Other comments have been extremely supportive and so have kept me at this while some others have been helpful in polishing my craft even if they have had no fulsome praise to offer.
I thank you for putting these responses into perspective for me and for the persons who read stories here. I thank you for being courageous in saying the things that I have only thought because I was afraid of an even more negative backlash.
I wish you ALL the best in the Contest.
Hi, I have been an avid reader of this site for quite a while and enjoyed so many stories in that time. This was the first time I have actually thought to read your biography as it where and you really have opened my eyes to a few points.
Up til now I very rarely ever scored the writers and never actually left comments.
I now humbly apologise to you and the other writers for my lack of thought for them and all they do for us the reader.
I would also like to mention how much I have enjoyed your writings, to be honest with you I have never actually read a book in my life and even at school I never read the books for book reports, but I truely enjoy reading as many of the short stories as I can on this site and your writings in particular have spoken to me, the problem I always had with reading was not being able to visualise what I was reading..... you always seem to make this possible for me, I almost actually can see the characters faces as well as the surrounding settings ....
All I can say is well done I love what you do and please keep them coming
Thanks for sharing such a personal biography. It's always fascinating to me to learn a writer's context, e.g. life events. So, thanks again.
You were crystal clear and persuasive on the subject of the reader's responsibility to provide feedback. So, I'm writing this. I can't for the life of me find the stars to record my vote, which would be five on a 5 point scale.
If I'm just obtuse, point me to the poll booth!
Consistent with my title, I have a bunch of questions. I'll craft those in a separate communication to you.
Well done! Thanks!
You write well and sound like an interesting character. Many happy returns.
This biography was very enlightening for me. I've noticed your pen name appearing very frequently over the last several months in the New pieces, though the genre has often not been in areas that have been of much interest to me, as I would check out some pieces superficially because you have been submitting a great many pieces in a very short time span. I also found your picture in your Biagraphy to be a woman that is most attractive and this I found a bit surprising. Having now read this biography and noted the various handles that you have used I'm amazed at the collection of work that you have submitted over a few short years, for if they are in anyway compared to the quality and depth of this piece, I will surely go back and review them all to see what may appeal to me.
I do wish you good fortune in your future ventures and hopefully you will find some gainful means to live a more comfortable life with more happiness and less suffering and pain, though the trials one experiences more often truly allow us to appreciate the good times more fully, sincerely, and completely while at the same time they allow us to show more compassion, humility and true appreciation to and for others less fortunate and recognize those among us who talk the talk but fail to walk the walk.
May your future endeavours be rewarding, bringing you much recognition financially, spiritually, and emotionally. All the best to you and those you hold most dear!
I have been enjoying your writing for months and just got around to reading your bio... Happy Birthday!
Your structure and flow, coupled with word choice and style make reading you a pleasure. I identify with your frustration of having little or no feedback from readers. I have touched on that theme in my story "The Job" - a freebie on B&N and Smashwords, 99c on Amazon Kindle.
Keep writing for a hundred more years.
I appreciate your writing style and most of the stories. Some of your stories I simply skip because the subject matter does not appeal to me but you have an amazing talent for character development and dialog that leads the reader to "be there". If this story is indeed factual you are one of the most prolific authors/writers on this site. When I read a story that I particularily like I always click of the author to see what else they have written and usually wind up reading all their work. I thank you for contributing many hours of free entertainment to this old man. By listing other names you have used, you have provided me many more hours of enjoyment in the very near future. Thanks. Keep up the good work.
Really interesting background story. I really enjoy the way your stories have a slow build up, I'm not a fan of the MFL ( meet, fuck, leave ) stories. So nice to have a bit of seduction. Hope you are getting your life back on track and I look forward to reading many more of your stories.
I just stumbled by chance upon you and this story. It is true: I also do not vote everytime I read a story. I fully appreciate the authors need for votes and especially comments. But please realize also that a comment is something perhaps difficult to write for someone who reads better than writing comments. I do this only with exceptional stories, that is exceptionally good AND exceptionally bad stories.
Having said that I will now embark on reading your stories for the first time and I promise to vote and even add a comment or two.
By the way: Having learnt so much about writing and being so prolific with words: Would it in your specific sitation not be possible to earn your living writing non-erotic stuff?
Finally pse excuse any faults in my English, as it is not my mother tongue (I'm German living in Germany)
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